Young Investigator Awards

Funder: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Due Date: December 15, 2017

Budget: $150,000

Young Investigator Grants are 3 year awards designed to support scientists in the early stages of their
research careers, such as postdoctoral or clinical fellows. Outstanding mentorship and demonstration
of a career plan that shows commitment to pediatric cancer investigation are critical components of a
successful application.
Eligibility Criteria
Please contact the Foundation before applying, if eligibility questions remain after reviewing these
 Applicants should be at the early stages of their research careers as defined below.
 Applicants must have their M.D., Ph.D. or dual M.D., Ph.D. and must not have achieved an
appointment higher than Instructor (Assistant Professor level faculty, including Adjuncts at this
level, will not be considered). In addition:
o Applicants from accredited clinical fellowship programs are automatically eligible for the
duration of their training and during their first three years at the Instructor level.
o All other applicants must be within five years from the granting of the last doctoral
 A minimum of 75% of the applicant’s time during the Young Investigator period must be
allocated as protected time for all research activities. This percentage of time includes both
Young Investigator activities and the applicant’s other research responsibilities.
 The applicant must not currently hold an NIH independent (R or P Award) or individual training
(F or K Award) grant. Institutional training grants (K12, T32) are permitted. Funding from other
foundations is also permitted provided there is no budgetary overlap.
 A research mentor(s) must be identified and have a track record in pediatric oncology. If no
such record exists, a co-mentor with such a record must be identified. The application must
document mentor(s) involvement in experimental design and execution. A detailed plan for
training activities is expected.
The award amount is up to $150,000 over three years. A maximum of $50,000 in total costs will be
awarded to applicants annually. Budget items may include salary, fringe, travel, supplies and small
pieces of equipment (less than $5,000). The ALSF budget form is required, and can be found on the
website under the Grant Guidelines and Submissions page.
 Restrictions:
o ALSF adheres to the NIH salary cap for principal investigator(s) for the current year.
o Funds from ALSF may not be used for indirect costs (including tuition remission).
o The grant may not be renewed; no cost extensions are strongly encouraged.
o Funds must be granted to nonprofit institutions/organizations operating in the U.S. or
Canada. Researchers need not be United States citizens.
 If utilizing a sub-contractor you must include this budget. No indirect costs will be paid to the subcontractor.

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